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12 week old change in sleep

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SnowWhite26 Thu 07-Jan-16 07:32:21

My 12 week old has generally startedto slerp through till 4,5or occasionally 6 with a dreamfeed most of the time depending on how much she had before bed. This week though dream feed or no dream feed regardless she has woken at 4. I give her a bottle and after lots of fighting it she eventually goes bk to sleep sometomes an hr and half later. Last night she woke at 3.30 had a bottle and just did not go bk to sleep. I put her in her cot and she laid nxt to me chatting to herself eventually dropped off and was awake ahain at 5.15 when we got her up for the day.i appreciate she is dping well sleeping 8 hrs but i dont want bad habits to start and play with her in the early morning but she didnt want to sleep. Could it be a growth spurt? Has anyone used hungrier baby milk will it keep her fuller.Any advice would be great xx

SnowWhite26 Thu 07-Jan-16 09:30:56

Any advice would be great smile

Figwin Thu 07-Jan-16 09:49:30

Babies routines change a lot. That first year is full of you getting one into the swing of things and then it all changes. All you can do is introduce a routine from her patterns.

Playing with her at 4am isn't introducing bad habits. Babies don't wake up at a time thinking "playtime!" when they're that small. One of my friends had a baby who had a month or so on that schedule and they would play then head back to bed for a bit and then a few months later he was sleeping through.
Any routine you do have set up will be evolving and changing constantly as she drops naps and adds more on to sleep, has less feeds but larger bottles, drops feeds and weans.

It's more a case of if she's awake, she's awake and there's not much you can do about that but try to get a nap or two in yourself if you can.

It could be that this early wake routine only lasts a week, it could last longer but there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Just try not to worry or chat to your HV about it. Sorry there's no set answer here but just think how much she has changed in those 12 weeks because that speed of change just continues x

mrsb26 Thu 07-Jan-16 09:52:50

One of the things I've learnt as a new mum, particularly when it comes to sleeping, is to not get too used to a good thing.

My 20 week old dd has gone from sleeping 9-5/6am, then down again til 8am to waking 3-4 times a night.

It's common for a sleep regression to hit around 3-4 months I think.

You may just need to ride it out - sorry sad. I wouldn't be confident to say that hungry baby milk would make a difference.

FATEdestiny Thu 07-Jan-16 14:34:29

One of the things I've learnt as a new mum, particularly when it comes to sleeping, is to not get too used to a good thing.

Never a truer word said. Baby's sleep is not linear.

Up until 6 months I would work on the basis of:

If in doubt give more frequent feeds and more frequent naps.

Most things are solved with more milk and/or more sleep.

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